Friday, June 16, 2017

Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer 1980 India Stamp

Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer  commonly known as Ulloor was a  Malayalam  poet and historian. He was one of the triumvirate poets of  Kerala in the first half of the 20th century, along with Kumaran Asan  and Vallathol Narayana Menon.

Ulloor was born Born 6 June 1877 at the Thamarassery Illam at Perunnai, Changanasseri (Kerala)  Since his ancestral home was at Ulloor, he came to be known as Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer. His father died when he was young and his mother raised him. He graduated with Honors in Philosophy from Maharajas College and joined the Travancore State Services. Later he took Degree in Law and  Master's  in Malayalam  and Tamil. He was later appointed as the income tax officer and then as the Chief Secretary.

Ulloor published his mahakavyam Umakeralamin 1914. Until then, only Pandalam Kerala Varma's  Rukmamgadacharitham was considered as a complete mahakavya in Malayalam.

Poet K. Ayyappa Panicked has noted that  Umakeralum is a "work of great devotion: devotion to the land, to the language, to a poetic tradition and to high moral values." Ulloor, like his contemporaries Kumaran Asan  and  Vallathol Narayana Menon, also wrote a number of short narratives or  khandakavyas,  of which the most famous are Karnabhooshanam  and Pingala. In the former he celebrates Karna's infinite generosity and dedication to principles. In the latter he tries to portray the transformation of  courtesan overnight into a pious and refined character - almost a saint. Some of his other best known works were Bhakthideepika, and Chithrasala. Uloor also wrote quite a large numberu of lyrics and shorter pieces, now available in various collections.

He  breathed his last on 15 June 1949, at  age 72,  after  his  death the University of Kerala published one of his most noted works Kerala Sahitya Charithram, which describes the history of Malayalam language, culture, and literature.He studied ancient literature and palm leaf manuscripts to bring out old literary works such as Rama Charitham  poem and Doothavakyam prose.

Department of Posts honoured him by releasing a commemorative postage stamp on

Issued Date : 06.06.1980
Denomination : 30 Paise

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